What does Rachel mistakenly put in the trifle in an iconic friends Christmas episode? (4)
When Ross can't get a Santa outfit in time for Christmas, he instead dresses up as a what? (9)
Finish the lyric to Mariah Carey’s classic, “All I Want for Christmas is You”: “Oh I won’t ask for much this Christmas, I won’t even wish for…” (4)
Which record by Queen reached the Christmas number one spot in both 1975 and 1991? (8, 8)
How many weeks did it reportedly take Dickens to write A Christmas Carol? (3)
What time is the Queen’s speech traditionally broadcast on Christmas Day? (5)
In which modern-day country was St Nicholas born? (6)
What was Frosty the Snowman’s nose made out of? (6)
What is another word for Reindeer? (7)
What colour suit did Santa wear until Coca Cola rebranded him in red? (5)
Which band holds the record for most Christmas number 1 singles? (3, 7)
For a Christmas to be classed as White, how many snowflakes need to drop on the Met Office HQ in the day? (3)
What has been voted England’s favourite Christmas carol? (6, 5)
When do Harrods typically open their Christmas department each year? (4)
In ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, how many gifts in total did my true love give to me? (5, 7, 3, 5, 4)
What is traditionally hidden inside a Christmas pudding? (4)
Which warm beverage do the characters sing about in the festive film The Polar Express? (3, 9)
Back in Tudor times, what did women who wanted to find a husband eat in the hope of finding a partner? (11, 3)
In which country is a pickle ornament hidden in their Christmas trees? (7)
Alphabetically, which of Santa's reindeer comes first? (7)
Which famous scientist who developed the three laws of motion, was born on Christmas day 1642? (5, 6)

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